Astonish Me: A Magical Mystery Through Nature’s Hidden Secrets

The World Wildlife Fund turns 50 this year, and, to mark the occa­sion, the acclaimed drama­tist Stephen Poli­akoff and direc­tor Charles Stur­ridge have teamed up to shoot ‘Aston­ish Me,’ a short, mag­i­cal tale that reminds us of the many mys­ter­ies nature still con­ceals.

Every year, sci­en­tists dis­cov­er some­where in the neigh­bor­hood of 15,000 new species. (See some of the most intrigu­ing recent ones here.) But this could all dis­ap­pear if we don’t pay more atten­tion to con­ser­va­tion. Every­one who worked on the film — from actors to film crew — did so for free. The action takes place in London’s Nat­ur­al His­to­ry Muse­um.

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